John L. Roberts, J.D., is an Elder Law Attorney serving clients in Hampden County, MA. After practicing for 15 years, he confronted the challenges of family caregiving when his own father developed dementia. The experience transformed his practice, enabling him to help clients who are family caregivers from a place of true understanding.

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As an elder law attorney, I was prepared for the day when my father began experiencing symptoms of memory loss. I knew what elder care documents to prepare, what information to have on hand and how to keep everything organized and accessible.

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Painful legal battles amongst family members over Kasem’s care overshadowed his final years of life, highlighting the importance of obtaining legal documents and having clear conversations about end-of-life issues sooner rather than later.

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Donald Sterling's legal battle really began when he and his wife Shelly became co-trustees of the family trust. By signing that document, the couple agreed on two clauses that became keys to the case.

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What happens if a combative patient injures an in-home caregiver on the job? When a family hires an independent caregiver who is not affiliated with an agency, serious legal troubles can arise.

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A lawsuit brought against legendary singer Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, highlights the serious responsibilities that develop when we delegate authority with a POA.

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When a senior is hospitalized, it’s crucial to find out whether they’ve been admitted as an inpatient or registered as an outpatient under observation. This governs whether Medicare will cover their hospital bills and care in a skilled nursing facility.

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When a group of adult children tried to sue their father's partner and caregiver, they received a shocking verdict. This cautionary tale exemplifies how misusing a power of attorney can have serious legal and financial consequences.

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Special Needs Trust Funds can help safeguard disabled individuals against becoming impoverished. However, the use of these funds must comply with government agencies' income guidelines.

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Some individuals may consider transferring property to a trusted family member as a part of their estate plan or Medicaid planning. However, there are a few different scenarios to consider before opting for such a strategy to ensure you do not lose the property altogether.

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Your liability for capital gains tax depends on the terms of the trust. Now is the time to find out how the trust was written before you decide what to do with the property.

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Capital gains taxes play an important role in careful estate planning and the probate process. Knowing the specific rules for these taxes and any potential changes to them will help you and your family plan effectively.

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